At the Wrights Dowson group, we have a long-standing history of creating screw conveyors to our customers’ specifications to serve a wide range of industries and applications. Screw conveyors are innovative but simple machines that move material from one part of a plant to another at a steady pace. This helps streamline various workflows and can help create a safer, more automated work environment.

When it comes to making the most of a screw conveyor, it’s vital to familiarise yourself with the specifications you’ll need. Centreless Screw conveyors come in useful with a variety of products. But what is a centreless screw conveyor, and when should you choose one for your applications?

What’s a Centreless Screw Conveyor, and How Do They Operate?

A centreless screw conveyor is much like any other type of screw conveyor. It conveys materials via a screw in a wear-resistant U-trough. This functions at various angles and even, with the right design, vertically. Materials can also be conveyed across various distances and have one or more exit points.

What makes a centreless screw conveyor special is that it doesn’t have a shaft running through the centre of the screw.

Centreless Screw Conveyors come with heavy-duty construction and can be designed with full enclosures for a dust and contamination-free environment.

The few components make them simple to install even without trained staff present on site. They are also easy to clean and maintain.

When Do You Need a Centreless Screw Conveyor?

Centreless screw conveyors are vital for products with large and uneven particle sizes. With a screw with a shaft, these parts could get stuck and obstruct operation. A centreless screw allows any material to pass on despite its shape and size.

Examples of products that benefit from this are:

  • Wood chips
  • Biomass
  • Paper
  • Asphalt and gravel

They are also well-suited to free-flowing materials such as ash, chemicals and powders, or those materials that might be wet or sticky. In those cases, the material could otherwise start building upon the shaft; hence a centreless design is preferable. Examples include:

  • Sewage
  • Sludge
  • General waste

Find the Right Centreless Screw Conveyor With the Wrights Dowson Group

As one of the most experienced centreless screw conveyor manufacturers in the UK, you can rely on the Wrights Dowson group for exceptional construction and quality. Our engineers work closely with you to determine what technical specifications are needed for your applications. We use the latest CAD and 3D modelling software to design machinery that suits your requirements.

Get in touch today for a quotation, advice or support.